Blinken discusses Ukraine crisis with visiting Albanian PM
Washington [USA], Feb 16 (ANI/Sputnik): US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held broad discussions with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Wednesday on mutual interests, including concerns over the situation in Ukraine, the spokesperson said. State Department spokesman Ned Price. Earlier in the day, President Joe Biden at a press conference said it would be “good” if the reports were true that Russia had pulled troops from the Ukrainian border. He said the United States was ready to engage in diplomacy with Russia, but also said an invasion was still possible.
“Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Washington, DC,” Price said in a press release Tuesday. “The Secretary noted our strong cooperation within NATO and in the UN Security Council, and thanked Prime Minister Rama for Albania’s clear support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. Ukraine against Russian aggression,” Price added. Blinken also reaffirmed US support for Albania’s EU membership and regional economic integration, but he stressed the need for reform efforts to fight corruption in the country, Price said.
In recent months, the United States and its European partners have been concerned about Russian military activity near the Ukrainian border in alleged preparation for an “invasion”. Moscow has denied the accusation, repeatedly saying it poses no threat to anyone and at the same time expressing serious concerns about NATO military activity near Russia’s borders, which it considers a threat to its security. national. Moscow has also declared that it has the right to move troops within its national territory. (ANI/Sputnik)
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